Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300 review: Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300

Intel's Pentium SU2700 processor is a single-core ultra-low-voltage processor that performs better than a Netbook-grade Intel Atom processor, but not by much. Single-core CULV CPUs, as opposed to dual-core processors, don't do multitasking well and are best for basic tasks. For general e-mail, Web browsing, and office work, the SU2700 will do just fine. The T135-S1300 performed similarly, but worse than, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350, which also had an SU2700 processor (but an extra gig of RAM). Compared with other thin-and-lights such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U350, the Dell Adamo, and the Asus UL30A, the T135-S1300 was the worst performing of all.

Juice box
Mainstream (Avg watts/hour)  
Off (60 percent) 0.25
Sleep (10 percent) 0.6
Idle (25 percent) 6.96
Load (05 percent) 20.96
Raw kWh Number 26.26
Annual energy cost $2.98

There is good news, however, in the battery-life department: the six-cell battery in the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300 ran for 5 hours and 42 minutes using our video playback battery drain test, which is a more extreme challenge than normal laptop use would provide. That battery life is better than most thin-and-lights, including the Acer Aspire 3810T.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
1,432 
Dell Adamo
1,864 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
3,836 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
275 
Dell Adamo
345 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
379 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
275 
Dell Adamo
357 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
370 

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
401 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
342 
Dell Adamo
156 

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Satellite T135-S1300, which can also be upgraded to three-year coverage. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads.

Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Asus UL30A
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Seagate 5400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad U350
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Acer Aspire 3810T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell Adamo
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9300; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 779MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 128GB Samsung SSD

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